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I did a yahoo search for cloth diapers and WAHM made baby carriers, and was flooded with WAHM sites. I religiously by WAHM since I became pregnancy and discovered the wonderful wahm made products.<br><br>
I designed a sling for my son and wanted to sell it in a physical store, but DH reminded me that in order to stay in business I would need to offer more then slings. He also said that my physical store will need a website (as all businesses do now).<br><br>
My question is with all the diapering WAHM on the web is there room for more?<br><br>
I really want to focus on my slings but I realize that DH is right (which is not often lol!) I will need to offer a variety. I want to start the web business first and use that income to help with the opening of a physical store. With all the WAHMs out there will I be able to pull this off? LMK your thoughts!<br>
 

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The internet is an odd place to sell. Relying on AP communities as customers is not the way to go, because unless you are the current favorite, you aren't making money. We have been in biz for more than 3 years and we still have not found our niche on the net....very frustrating! We are looking to get our products in B&M stores, but that difficult because we do not live in a very AP or earth conscientious place. We are getting some very odd looks when we approach companies with our products, LOL.<br><br>
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Relying on the web totally for business is not even close to real. There are very, very few companies that only have a web presence. A "physical" storefront is not absolutely necessary either. There are many "mail order" businesses that do not have a storefront. Print ads in magazines, catalogues to mail to potential customers etc would possibly be more cost effective thatn a physical store front.<br><br>
People in general are getting more and more petty. They follow the "in" thing or the "most popular" which is not always the best. The "hype" sells, plain and simple.<br><br>
There are even WAHM that sell products that are illegal for them to sell.<br><br>
Bottom line, having a physical storefront and a website just isn't going to "make" your business.<br><br>
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I agree with the above posters. Not trying to discourage you! Also, it depends on your expectations- if you're just trying to sell a sling here and there, then you can probably be successful in that endeavor. If you want to get some "real" business, it's slow going and requires lots of work- and money.<br><br>
The good thing about the internet is that if you can do the webdesign yourself, start up costs are very low. So, it doesn't hurt (financially) to have a website. Just don't expect to pay your monthly bills with your earnings, lol!<br><br>
A good thing for you to do might be to get a website and then do regional fairs (like LLL conferences and such) to supplement. I'm planning on doing this soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
HTH, feel free to pm or email me for more info<br><br><br>
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i always encourage people, women especially, to start their own businesses! i don't think there is a "too many" point when it comes to certain types of businesses (in my case; mother-owned, APers, & crunchy) because these are things that we should all be promoting, especially because they are ideals that a lot of people should hear about because they don't know they have options.<br>
anyway, as far as the actual, physical location, i think it's a great idea, but also a great idea to start small. like kristi said, if you design your own website, the overhead is a super low, allowing room in your budget for other things.<br>
one idea that may work for you is designing a good, solid brochure/flier type thing that really promotes the carrier you designed (and other stuff if you decide to carry other things) and then leave them at every possible place you may run into parents or crunchies, etc etc. this is something that has brought in a little business for me, and i just leave really simple fliers at organic coffee shops and co-ops, etc. i still haven't hit up a lot of places, but it's still been worth the foot traffic.<br>
so... i also think, if you promote it right & have a good, solid website, you don't need to have a whole bunch of products on your site. my friend ONLY sells thai fisherman pants and is designing a site selling only that. that makes it easier to push, advertise, re-order, & keep track of inventory.<br>
ok... so that's more than 2 cents worth and we can all go on and on about our experiences as wahms!! you can pm of you have more questions, though!! and good luck if you go through with your ideas!<br>
joleen<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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